Yes, those two parts of this title belong together.
He is addicted to his garden, I swear! Every moment he is not consumed with farm work he is consumed with garden work. He loves it. And I have to admit, by the end of the summer I am glad it is done! But I am glad that this vice of his is a good one. He's the happiest of happy hilling his potatoes (his favorite veggie) and weeding/rototilling with his mantis tiller. My job? To do something with the produce. And we're just on the cusp of full-on harvest.
Some pictures of our 2013 garden follow, taken one evening as the sun started to go down.
Peas and Beans. Just flowering now, so no harvest yet.
Broccoli, mostly consumed fresh.
Squash. Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash. We are very tired of these prolific vegetables (or fruits?) by the end of the summer.
Cabbage. This was our first try at growing cabbage so we only planted four of them. Now to find out how we like to eat them. I think this may be a problem, as to my knowledge neither of us are coleslaw or sauerkraut fans. But we try something that stretches our vegetable horizons every year, just because it's fun to see if we can grow it. Radishes were not a hit.
Potatoes. Six long rows of it!
And more Potatoes.
And more potatoes. You get the idea.
Some other vegetables not pictured include tomatoes (mostly romas with some big boy hybrids), jalapeno peppers, green and red bell peppers, carrots, lettuce, spinach, and cauliflower. Also two rows of sweet corn and a row of popcorn. Many of these crops can be preserved for use throughout the year. I will can some salsa, spaghetti sauce, pickles, relish, carrots, green beans, and tomatoes. Stay tuned!